How to make a documentary on a low budget

Want to make your own documentary, but don’t know if you have the budget for something like that? The answer is yes no matter how much money you’re willing to spend, since there are plenty of things you can do to reduce your costs to the minimum. Here are some things you should do to make sure you make your documentary without spending a lot of money!

  1. Don’t start until everything is ready

Waiting until everything is ready will save you a lot of money. That’s because you always spend more when you don’t know exactly what you’re going to need. So make a detailed plan first and don’t start filming before you have everything you might need during the process.

  1. Hire your equipment

Instead of spending your entire budget on a camera or on a new music equipment, consider renting one. Professional equipment is expensive, which is why it would probably be the priciest thing on your list. Fortunately, there are plenty of rental platforms on which you can, rent a camera or hire music equipment, the kind of staff that can rid you of that particular problem.

  1. Start a crowd funding campaign

If you find you don’t have enough money even after you’ve chosen to rent the camera, think about starting a crowd funding campaign. There are countless platforms that specialize in them and they’re really not that hard to do. Also, chances are you’ll get at least one sponsor if you put at least some effort in it.

  1. Ask your friends to help you

Regardless of what you want to film, you’ll probably need help doing it. But don’t resign yourself to paying before you absolutely have to. You probably have a couple of friends who’d be willing to help you free of charge. It’s worth to ask if it would help you save some more money.

  1. Use free software to edit the documentary yourself

Hiring someone else to edit your stuff also costs money. That’s why you might want to download editing software (here’s a list of the best for 2018) and try to figure out the basics. If you manage to learn montage, it could save you a lot of money. Also, it might come in handy sometime in the future.